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Nikon Coolpix L310 Digital Camera - Black (14.1MP, 21x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD

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  • 21x Zoom with 25-525mm wide angle capability (approx. 35mm equivalent format)
  • 3 inch Clear Colour LCD Display with anti reflection coating
  • 720p HD movie shooting and HDMI CEC connectivity
  • Electronic VR image stabilisation with up to ISO 6400 support

Product details

  • Item Weight: 435 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 662 g
  • Item model number: L310
  • ASIN: B00729YXP0
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 30 Jan. 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,001 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

The L310 has a 14 megapixel CCD sensor and 21x optical zoom lens, which is a 35mm equivalent of 25-525mm. There is sensor shift VR (vibration reduction) to help reduce the effect of camera shake.
Shooting is made easy thanks to Easy Auto mode, which automatically adjusts the cameras settings for the scene. There are also 17 scene modes which can be manually selected as well as Sports Continuous and Smart Portrait System. This includes Smile Timer, Blink Proof, Skin Softening and Red-eye Fix.
Videos are recorded at 720p HD, with optical zoom available during recording.
The L310 offers a rubberised hand grip as well as a rubber pad on the rear for your thumb, making it an easy camera to grip. As you may expect for a budget camera, the body is made from plastics, but it does have a metal tripod socket and a lock to keep the battery and memory card cover firmly in place. Nikon also supply a lens cap with the camera.
The menus system is simple and easy to navigate using the d-pad. The other buttons are typical for a digital compact, with a movie record button placed on the rear. The 3 inch LCD screen is clear and easy to view.
The L310 is powered by four AA batteries, meaning it'll be easy to find replacements when necessary. It has a CIPA rating of 420 shots, we managed in excess of this number during testing, the number of shots will very much depend on the quality of batteries used.
We tested the cameras performance at focusing, shutter response, shot-to-shot time, continuous shooting etc. and have posted the results below. To test this we took 6 or more shots and calculated the average, so that consistent results were produced.

Manufacturer's Description

The Nikon COOLPIX L310 — Zoom in on the moment

The versatile COOLPIX L310 gives you the freedom to capture life from any distance.

Zoom in on the moment with this versatile 14-megapixel super zoom. Boasts a powerful NIKKOR 21x wide-angle optical zoom lens, 7.5 cm (3.0-in.) LCD monitor, 720p video recording, anti-blur technology and Easy Auto mode. Easy to use and powered by AA-size batteries.

From extraordinary panoramas to faraway action, the powerful NIKKOR 21x optical zoom lens can fit it all in. Whether you go wide to capture stunning vistas or zoom in on the details, the camera's automatic anti-blur functions will keep images steady—even in low light.

The large LCD screen and 14-megapixel image sensor make it easy to capture photos that look great in any format. Crisp video recording is available at the mere press of a button.

Easy to use

Enjoy effortless shooting with easily accessible control buttons and Easy Auto mode, which optimises all settings according to the light you are shooting in.

Record life in motion with ease. A dedicated movie-record button makes it easy to begin recording, and you can use the optical zoom with autofocus while filming.
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Powerful NIKKOR 21x optical zoom lens

Powerful NIKKOR 21x optical zoom lens (25–525mm) with wide-angle to super-telephoto coverage. Offers superb compositional freedom and sharp resolution so you can capture it all.

14-megapixel

The 14-megapixel CCD image sensor lets you capture outstandingly detailed images and produce superb poster-size enlargements.

Crisp 720p video recording

Record life in motion with ease. A dedicated movie-record button makes it easy to begin recording, and you can use the optical zoom with autofocus while filming.

7.5 cm (3.0-in.) LCD screen

Whether you shoot in bright sunlight or in low light, the large, high-resolution LCD monitor with wide viewing angle and anti-reflective coating offers clear shooting and playback.

Anti-blur

Sensor shift VR (vibration reduction) reduces the effect of camera shake. High ISO (up to 6400) light sensitivity for sharper images in low light. Motion detection compensates for camera and subject movement. Best shot selector (BSS) selects the sharpest of up to ten sequential shots.

Smile timer takes the shot when your chosen subject smiles. Blink proof alerts you when someone's eyes were close.

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Smart portrait system

Smile timer takes the shot when your chosen subject smiles. Blink proof alerts you when someone's eyes were closed. Skin softening adjusts uneven skin tones for smoother-looking skin. Red-eye Fix corrects false eye colour due to the flash.

EXPEED C2 image processing system

EXPEED C2 image processing system provides enhanced movie recording, high-sensitivity performance and maximum image quality.

Scene Auto Selector

Scene Auto Selector selects the optimum Scene mode for the situation you're shooting in, so all you need to do is point and shoot.

AA-size batteries

AA-size batteries: your camera is powered by four AA-size batteries, which are readily available across the world.

17 scene modes

17 scene modes automatically optimise the camera settings for popular photographic styles, effects and locations. Achieve great shots just by selecting the mode that matches your situation.


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

209 of 213 people found the following review helpful By Peter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 May 2012
Because this camera looks like a bridge camera, it's natural to assume it should have lots of controls, and then be disappointed when it doesn't. If you turn that thought on its head, you begin to see that this is actually a very good all-automatic compact camera, but with such a good lens that it couldn't fit into the compact shape. It can manage pretty good wide-angle shooting for indoors, and has a long 21x zoom, which is very good for taking pictures of birds on the birdfeeder in the garden.

The downside is that the big lens means it doesn't really fit into most pockets. The up side is that this camera takes astonishingly good pictures for this sort of camera, and you don't need to be an expert to use it. It uses 4 x AA batteries, which I actually prefer to rechargeables as it's easy to carry spares and there's no worry about recharging when you're out and about. You get your first set of batteries in the box, but you need to buy yourself an SDHC card (such as Transcend 8GB SDHC Class 10 Memory Card), which fits in to the camera beside the batteries. A strap, and a lens cap are provided, together with a manual and some CDs that I haven't looked at.

Best resolution is 4320 x 3240. Choose the resolution with the star beside it, because that gives a higher-quality result. You can also take HD video, but note that this is at 720 pixels, not the higher 1080 standard.

I bought this camera from Argos, not Amazon, because it was cheaper at the time. Actually, I tried to buy a
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Solo Walker VINE VOICE on 25 July 2012
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A really beautiful camera that fits in the hand perfectly. I am a keen walker & have walked miles with it attached to my wrist, so it is a robust piece of equipment. Battery life has really surprised me, weeks down the road & the original batteries are still going strong.
The camera is so easy to use, I can see all the controls without having to use reading glasses. The screen is large & crystal clear. The images are of a very good quality, far exceeding my expectations.
The controls are simple and give access to a whole range of effects that can transform a normal picture to a notch or two above the norm.
Really pleased with the quality of the camera build as well & trust it to provide me with hours of pleasure.
Highly recommended.
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101 of 105 people found the following review helpful By PSYCHIC1975 on 16 May 2012
I purchased this for my girlfriend, who hasn't got time to learn a dslr, aswell as messing with all those lens changes etc. We both went out to give it a test shoot, and i also took along, my D7000 and 55-300mm lens. No joke, the L310 bridge camera zooms in further, and the quality of the images are 100% on par. Shocked to be honest, and i'm now looking to get one myself, as a back-up camera. Just switch it on, point, and the auto functions do the rest. Impressive, and enough said!
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71 of 75 people found the following review helpful By tranran on 9 May 2012
Seems quite well made but the pressure required to secure the batteries -4 AA-using part of the outer casing does not bode well from a longevity point of view and if you buy new at present there is a 2 yr warranty option offered on the label on the box -take it!. The viewing screen is quite proud and flush to rear of the camera which should be protected otherwise it will be a mass of scratches/scuffs after a few outings. Very good Zoom and the anti-vibration VR function works very well allowing sharp hand held shots at the far end of the range in good light. If you tried to cover the max zoom length with conventional DSLR lenses you would need a lot of bulky and not to say very expensive gear! The reaction time between pressing the shutter and capture is very good allowing quite spontaneous shots of children running towards you (for instance)and is much better than the majority of point & shoot cameras in this respect.
There is -however generally no control over exposure or depth of field -I say generally because it is possible -via the menu-to access the considerable number of scene modes to tailor Sports/Landscape etc, but there is no manual or program facility. The difficulty in accessing the in depth info relating to these modes is further exacerbated because the instructions are provided on a disc which -to me -is stupid in the extreme!!! These instructions -in themselves are not intuitive either and you end up going back and forth through a series of links to find what you want.
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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Weston D on 3 July 2012
I recently bought this camera from the Argos in a sale I paid £119, well I didnt I ordered the NIKON L120 camera but was given this as a replacement. However this does not matter as the camera is great. The camera produces the best images from a cheap camera that I have seen, the colours are really bright and vivid and knocks the socks off any compact camera for the same price.

The images are best viewed on a USB through a HD TV as the HD brings out the best of the images. As for the video again is miles better than any compact I have ever owned or seen, when I recorded a 720p video on my last camera every time you zoomed in or out the sound wasn't there like it couldnt capture sound when it was zooming, this is no problem for this camera. I have to say I created a video straight after initial set up and played back through TV and I was amazed how detailed the video was and I was even more amazed by how clear the audio on playback was, it is so clear and crisp.
I am no camera expert and I dont pretend to be but from an average user then I would say this camera would be a great purchase for a beginner like myself. If you want more professional kit then I would look else where, but if you want a sub £200 camera that takes amazing shots and captures great video then I would say give it a go. I have only had the camera a few weeks and I havent messed with any of the settings too much but I think if I edit the settings then I could achieve even better images from it.

Now to the one issue I have with the camera, that is the screen quality is not very great at all. You can clearly see what you are taking an image or video of but it is not good quality. However if you look past this small issue then it is a great camera for the money.
I would give this camera 4.
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